Travels with Elizabeth

Adventures Around the World

Category: Guilin

Guilin – Li River Cruise

After an uninspiring long drive from Guilin, we just barely made it to the ship, literally minutes before it left.  The ship is fairly rough, but we got good seats on the top deck, and they were right next to a small forward open deck where the views were good.  This small deck was far less crowded than the “sun deck” up above.  Of course, still very, very smoggy, or “misty” depending on your perspective, and we could only see the close-in mountains, but still very pretty.

Guilin, Li River, Karst, Mountains

Limestone karsts are beautiful one-of-a-kind formations.

Each bend around the river was prettier than the last.  My pics of the scenery don’t do it justice – all are pretty disappointing because of the “mist”. Continue reading

Xi’an – Big Wild Goose Pagoda

We started this very cloudy (smoggy) morning with a relatively short ride south of town to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Da Ci’en Si Temple and Monastery.  A short walk through a park led us to the leaning 210 feet tall pagoda – it has a definite list to the right.  It was built in 652 AD by the Emperor to house the sacred Buddhist texts that were brought back from India by the monk, Xuanzang.

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